This Sunday’s Maryborough Gold Cup has experienced a complete overhaul — in more ways than one.
Just one month into her role as secretary for the Maryborough Harness Racing Club, Michelle Eastman has flipped the club’s annual gold cup on its head.
Eastman was handed the reins from stalwart Les Chapman last month, who retired after more than two decades of service to the club.
Fashions on the field, local stalls, a petting zoo and kids activities such as a jumping castle and face painting will compliment the club’s usual day of racing.
Eastman said the change in style has come about in the hope that locals and their families will head to the track for a day out.
“I want it to be local, I want to see people out here that we haven’t seen before. It’s just something different for the club,” she said.
“We already have a couple of tables filled with local people so I’m excited to see who comes along.
“We’re very pleased to have fashions on the field back this year for the first time in a long time.”
While some things have changed — the fields for the two highlight races, the Avoca Maryborough Community Bank Branches Maryborough Gold Cup and the Maryborough Schoolhouse Village Maryborough Trotters Cup, are as strong as ever.
“It’s a fairly even field for the cup race so there should be some tight competition,” Eastman said.
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